Moulton Hall
Moulton Hall
Moulton Hall is an attractive Grade I listed country house, dating to about 1650. The house features a lovely carved wooden staircase.
Though the house we see today dates to the mid-17th century, it is built on the foundations of a much older house. The bulder was Leonard Smithson, who died around the time the house was finished. It was sold to the Milbanke family in 1692.

The Milbankes family had to sell the house in 1815 to provide a dowry for Anne Milbanke, when she married the poet Lord Byron. The buyer was Sir Charles Dalbiac, who in turn had to sell Moulton to provide a dowry for his own daughter Susanna, when she married the Duke of Roxburghe in 1836.

The Hall is built of ashlar and rubble, with a slate roof. It is built on a very simple rectangular plan, with neo-classical pillars and Flemish gables. The main staircase is of oak, richly carved with panels instead of balusters, decorated with roses, pomegranates, and foliage motifs. On the stair is a coat of arms commemorating George Smithson's marriage in 1653. The staircase rises in eight flights from the ground flor to the top of the house. There are carved ashlar fireplaces on both the ground floor and the first floor.

Family tradition suggests that James I spent a night at Moulton Hall in 1603 on his way south from Scotland to claim the English throne. However, the reference story might equally well refer to nearby Moulton Manor!

Moulton Hall is owned by the National Trust but let to a tennant. Arrangements to visit should be made by arrangement with the tennant; see the National Trust website for current details.